The Demise Janab Abu Talib (A.S) on 26th Rajab
Janab e Abu talib Known and respected throughout the Arabian Peninsula, he was given the honorific titles of “Shaykhul Bat’ha” or “The Shaykh of the Valley (of Mecca)” and “Baydhatul Balad” or “The Master of the Country”. Thus, his prominence and importance was known to all – friend and foe.
The role of Abu Talib in the Prophet’s life was not only before the Prophetic mission of Rasulullah. Rather, as the Prophet was born an orphan (his father had died before his birth), his mother brought him up with the help of his grand-father, Abdul Muttalib. Thus, from the age of 8, he was brought up by his loving uncle, Abu Talib. The life of Abu Talib is witness to the fact that he was a follower of the true faith from the beginning and not only is his words and poems testament to this, but also his actions towards the Prophet.
Abu-Talib was over eighty years of age. He became very invalid. So, he was confined to bed. He thought about nothing but our Master Muhammad (s). He knew that if he died, the Quraysh would fear no one and they would kill his nephew.
The Quraysh leaders came to visit Sheikh al-Bat-ha. They said:
“Abu- Talib, you are our Sheikh and Master. You’re about to die. So, put an end to the enmity between your nephew and us. Tell him to stop hurting us. We will stop hurting him. Tell him to leave us with our religion and we will leave him with his religion.”
Abu-Talib looked at Abu-Jahal, Abu-Sufyan, and other Quraysh leaders. He said to them faintly:
“If you hear Muhammad’s words and obey his orders, you’ll be happy. So, obey him and get happiness in here and hereafter.”
The atheists stood up. Abu-Jahal said with spite:
“Do you want us to make the gods one god?”
Abu-Talib was sad at the Quraysh stand. He was very anxious about our Master Muhammad’s safety. So, he invited banu-Hashim and asked them to support our Master Muhammad (s) at any cost. They all obeyed him. Then Abu-Talib closed his eyes to die soundly. Sheikh al-Bat’ha kept silent. He became a motionless body.
His son Ali wept bitter tears. Sad cries spread all over Mecca. The atheists rejoiced at his death.
Abu-Jahal angrily said: “It’s time to get my revenge on Muhammad.”
Our Master Muhammad (s) came to say farewell. He kissed Abu-Talib’s bright forehead and murmured sadly:
“Uncle, May Allah have mercy, on you. You educated me when I was small, looked after me when I became an orphan, and supported me when I became a grown-up. So may Allah reward you a lot.”
Then he burst into tears. He began recalling the days of his childhood with his kind uncle. He embraced his cousin Ali. They began weeping together.